Yogyakarta Recycles Plastic Wastes into Building Material

June 06, 2016

Yogyakarta Recycles Plastic Wastes into Building Material

Yogyakarta's Environment Agency - aided by the help of private donors Russel Maier, Ani Himawati, and the Independent Recycler Networks - plans to utilise plastic waste by recycling them into environmentally-friendly bricks, called ecobricks.

"Plastic waste is one of the hardest problems to tackle," said the Sub-Division Head of Recycling for Yogyakarta's Environmental Agency (BLH) Faizah, in Yogyakarta on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. "Yogyakarta alone generates 240 tonnes of waste - 14 percent of which are plastic waste."

Faizah explained that plastic waste is very hard to manage because it takes between 10 to 80 years for it to naturally degrade. Improper management - such as burning - would actually cause more damage as it releases highly-toxic dioxin molecules into the atmosphere.

"As such, there needs to be a smarter, more innovative way to decrease the volume of plastic waste, and to manage the plastic waste that are still being generated - and turning them plastic waste into an environmentally-friendly building materials is one of such initiative," said Faizah.

To make the ecobricks, plastic waste that has already been cleaned and dried is compacted into a plastic bottle. One 600 milliliter bottle can be filled with approximately 250 grams of plastic waste - which is equivalent to 2,500 instant noodles plastic packaging.

Yogyakarta's BLH have already socialised the initiative since March 2016, and local residents have produced around 6,000 ecobricks, which are now used for a variety of purposes - for example, furnitures, as well as educational toys for children.

"It's versatile, and it's really easy to use - all it takes is some silicone glue to stick these ecobricks together into the desired form," said Faizah. "Plus, it's really easy to make, as no specialised skills nor technique is required."


Send Comment

Required, not shown
Security Code
Held in Da Nang, Vietnam May 5-7, 2018. It aims to provide a forum for researchrs, practitioners, and professionals from both the industry and the academia to share their newest research findings and results. Submission Deadline: December 15, 2017

ICOCE--EI Compendex, Scopus 2018 : 2018 2nd International Conference on Civil Engineering (ICOCE 2018)

Applications are invited for the International Capacity Building Workshop on Green Growth from 19th – 23rd July 2017 as a follow up to the International Workshop on Climate Change organized in May 2015.

The International Capacity Building Workshop on Green Growth

The Asia Pacific Youth Parliament for Water (APYPW) is a gathering of youth delegates representing different countries within the Asia Pacific region. The APYPW is to bring a diversity of young voices together toward global water issues and in the process encouraging them to deeply ponder and invest

The 6th Asia Pacific Youth Parliament for Water 2017 in Korea

Green Idea Contest for World Day to Combat Desertification 2017 which is a part of National Desert Campaign of Iran. This is a green student-run project devoted to the global earth challenges such as desertification, climate change, land degradation, deforestation, biodiversity loss, water scarcity

Green Idea Contest for World Day to Combat Desertification 2017

The Smart Energy Challenge 2017 dares you to think of alternatives for how to influence others to live more sustainably by reducing energy use. In particular, this competition focuses on sustainable energy that tackles 3 of the 17 United Nations goals. By implementing new technologies, organizing ac

Smart Energy Challenge 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden

The Asia-Pacific Youth Exchange (APYE) is a program that responds to the global necessity of meaningfully including young people in SDG activities. By simulating policy formulation and project execution centered on SDGs, youth delegates have a unique opportunity to learn and hone the skills necessar

Asia Pacific Youth Exchange 2017 in Manila, Philippines

June 06, 2016

How We Set Up a Network of Partners to Achieve Greater Influence

June 06, 2016

Five Critical Factors for Working Well in Partnerships

June 06, 2016

Introducing the SWIFT Tool for Environmental Assessment and Risk Screening for Rural Water Supply

June 06, 2016

Introduction: Gender and Resilience

June 06, 2016

Impact Measurement and Accountability in Emergencies: The good enough guide